The North Little Rock City Council
voted unanimously Monday night to schedule a special election Aug. 8 on a one-cent increase in the city sales tax.
The city currently assesses a penny per dollar, which makes an 8.5 percent sales tax rate with state and county taxes on covered items. Add three percent on restaurant meals or hotel rooms.
The city has been dipping into reserves the last couple of years to meet a budget that has included employee pay raises.
The tax on the ballot in August would be split — a half-cent as a permanent increase and a half-cent for five years for construction projects.